Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Karyn Alexander


Paediatrics is an enormous field covering the whole range of clinical practice in the younger age group. This unit explores areas that are of practical relevance, interest and importance to the work of family practitioners, exploring child health problems as experienced in everyday practice. The aim for this unit is to increase skills and confidence to make treating that age group an even more interesting and satisfying part of general practice.


At the end of this unit participants should be able to :

  1. Critically appraise important issues in child health.
  2. Identify and strengthen the unique GP role in paediatrics.
  3. Develop a comprehensive approach to child health and management of illness in the paediatric age group.
  4. Update practical skills in important paediatric problems.
  5. Gain confidence in, and exposure to, handling delicate and difficult areas of child health which GP's often tend to avoid.
  6. Develop strategies for handling difficult consultations both with children and their parents.
  7. Assess normal development and deviations from that norm.
  8. Mobilise community resources for children with special needs.
  9. Communicate with and manage appropriately the adolescent patient.
  10. Think preventively in child health consultations.
  11. Effectively handle paediatric emergencies.
  12. Manage many varied and difficult clinical problems in a more effective and comprehensive way than previously.


Clinical audit (35%)
Essay (15%)
Journal (50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Karyn Alexander